Originally Posted by Joe4d
I see lots and lots of "almost new" abetta endurance saddles for sale used. Kinda a red flag in my eyes. But sayign that I have a nearly brand new one I picked up for $100. Havent ridden in it as its too wide for any of my horses.
The amount is probably a result of so many of them being produced. They're cheap enough for a splurge buy. I mention below they aren't very comfortable (for me) which could be another reason they're out there like cookies
Reminds me of cars though kind of like Chevrolet Cruze's. There usually isn't anything wrong with most of the newer Cruze's, but they were so mass produced and there are so many individuals out there. There's plenty to be found for sale.
I don't find Abetta's to be the most comfortable (for me) but I do like their durability. I like being able to ride in them anywhere without cringing at the leather I will have to later scrub and condition. I've had one for over ten years now. It has had it rough, including a horse falling somewhat on it (no broken tree or anything) so they're durable.
For the coin, they're worth it. But if you want to save your tush during those long rides, investing the coin in a saddle that is more endurance oriented is a good route too.
That being said; I wouldn't hesitate to recommend an Abetta.